January 14, 2013


Dragons nearly pull rank, again

The SUNY Cortland men’s hockey squad came oh-so-close to knocking off nationally-ranked foes on back-to-back nights.
That accomplishment was denied when sophomore Anton Racklin scored 1:54 into overtime to give nationally 12th-ranked Manhattanville College a 3-2 come-from-behind non-conference win over the Red Dragons Saturday at Alumni Arena.
Cortland (5-9-2) had upended No. 8 Utica College in convincing 5-0 fashion the previous evening on this same Alumni Arena patch of ice.
Sophomore Mark Rivera gave the Valiants (10-4-1) the lead at 5:13 of the first period when he scored on a wrist shot from the slot on the power play. Cortland junior Adam Bevilacqua tied the game at 1-1 at 13:26, converting a short-handed breakaway on a delayed penalty.
The Red Dragons tallied the lone goal of the second period for a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. At 5:26, junior A.J. Moyer was able to stuff a loose puck past Manhattanville goalie Brian Fleming on a scramble in front. Later in the period, Cortland killed off 1:34 of a Manhattanville two-man advantage to retain its lead.
Early in the third period, the Valiants drew a five-minute major penalty, but with 33 seconds remaining in the power play senior Ronnie Smith scored a short-handed goal after a Cortland turnover to tie the game at 2-2 and force overtime.
Manhattanville’s Racklin netted the game-winner with a wrist shot from the left side off assists from Paul Allan Bamberg and Louie Balzano.
Cortland finished with a slight 29-28 shot edge, junior goalie Lyle Rocker with 25 saves. The Red Dragons host Hamilton in a non-conference contest Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Cortland Women Rally
Freshman Niamh O’Connor scored to decisive goal at 3:15 of the third period to lead the Cortland women’s ice hockey team to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over ECAC West opponent Neumann University Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena.
Down 1-0 after Lindsey Spatola scored for Neumman midway through the opening period, Cortland senior Chelsey Wright tied the game just 11 seconds into the second period with a slap shot from the right circle shortly after the opening faceoff. The Knights reclaimed the lead at 13:00 of the second on a delayed penalty. After Jaclyn King’s initial shot was knocked down in front, Edie Brenning scored on a one-time slap shot from the slot to make it 2-1.
The Red Dragons (2-11-2) responded with two early goals in the third period to grab a 3-2 lead. Wright netted her second of the game 42 seconds into the period, deflecting in a pass from Maggie Giamo on the power play.
O’Connor then scored the game-winner less than three minutes later. Freshman Madison Fischl sent the puck off the left boards from her defensive zone. Sophomore Chelsie Hausberger tipped the puck ahead to O’Connor, who beat the Neumann goalie with a wrist shot from the left circle.
Freshman goalie Deanna Meunier made the lead stand up, stopping all 11 shots she faced in the final period.


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